#1: Always say “thank you.”
#2: Solve one problem before moving on to the next one.
It takes too much brain energy to solve multiple problems at once, and when we attempt to do so it leads to anxiety and stress. However, if we are able to solve just one problem, this results in a dose of neurotransmitters which calms our body and enhances our mood.
#3: Talk about your troubles rather than keeping them bottled-up.
If you keep issues pent up, more parts of your brain must be used to deal with them as opposed to if you talk about these issues aloud. When you articulate your problems, your brain produces serotonin and identifies any positive aspects that may exist.
#4: Touch and embrace.
Physical support speeds up recovery after illness, and if you remove physical support from you life, your brain perceives this as physical pain. This results in you actually feeling physical pain, so be sure to touch and embrace on a regular basis in order to avoid this.
#5: Keep learning.
Adapting to a new environment is made easier by learning new things, and if you gain enough knowledge, you can even permanently adapt to environments (which, of course, are always changing in life). If you do this, your brain will develop and produce dopamine, which will make you feel joy.
#6: Stay active.
Staying active is stressful on your body, but after activity ends, your pituitary gland will release endorphins—which will reduce pain and enhance your mood. More good news is that you don’t have to exercise very extensively in order to reap these rewards: simply going for a walk is usually enough to do the trick.
#7: Get a good, dark night’s sleep.
Sleeping in the dark results in the secretion of melatonin, which slows down our bodily processes and helps us recover and produce serotonin. However, a change in lighting releases stress hormones and keeps us awake, so attempt to get six to eight hours of sleep (in the dark) every night.
#8: Expect success.
Human brains experience pleasure merely by expecting something pleasurable to occur: anything from eating to having sex will do the trick. This helps explain why counting every second before a pleasurable event takes place is so common amongst individuals—and why we continue to do this even though it makes it seem like the event is taking forever to finally take place!
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here: here.